Flowers in An Orange Vase – Painted on My iPad

Flowers in an orange vase
A quick work ; turned out ok – pleased how it looks in print.

It’s often fun to draw and paint quickly; and a necessity when I was busy with little kids!

  1.  A quick zap about in the “Zen Brush” app – using the rich black ink . *I use my finger, rather than a stylus.
  2.  Then, took the pic into “Bamboo Paper” for a wash of colour.
  3.  Followed with a visit to “Art Set Pro”, where I splashed on a bit more colour; and where
  4. next, I whirled around it, with the thin smudge stick.

A fun flowery flight from start to finish.

Have a great weekend!

Pears Painted on My iPad – Haiku, Haiga, Word Play…

Three pears
This was painted in “Art Set Pro”. I used the smudge tools a fair bit; wanted the pears to look very smooth. I wrote the words in an app called “Phonto”.

In a previous post I mention, the wonderful colours and shapes, fruit and vegetables offer, as subject matter for a painting or drawing. One of the most popular, I think, is the humble pear. Such a simple form, yet it often takes centre stage in an art work.

I’ve certainly drawn many pears over the years.  I wonder why they are so appealing. Maybe their form suggests aspects of femininity or perhaps fertility. Maybe that’s why they’re so popular! Somewhere, I have a linocut print I did of me, very pregnant; I called it “Ripe”. I think round ripe fruit; pears in particular can be reminiscent of that lovely state..Well enough of all that – I reckon I just like drawing pears 🙂

I hesitate to call this following collection, haiku or haiga except for this first one, above. Really they are just word play, ideas…intended to weave together with the image to make a completed artwork. Not happy with all of them. However, I thought you may find it interesting to see some of the art processes possible with these apps, and also hope you find a few of the word plays a little amusing. *After I’d put together the two lots of collected drawings, below, using the “Pic Collage” app, I realized they may be a bit small to read. Sorry about that. However, for my blog, I use a responsive WordPress theme, so you can enlarge the pictures easily on small touch screens.

There’s more about the various language devices I use further along, but firstly a “Pear Parade”. Hmm, sounds like a good title for a book.

Four pear pictures
The top left one was begun in charcoal in “Art Set Pro” (which is the bigger drawing, below; third one up from the bottom). Then also in the “Art Set Pro” app, I added  ink pen and graphite pencil. The bottom right picture, is drawn in the “Zen Brush” app.
More pear pictures
This “Zen Brush” brush drawing worked well as a tonal underdrawing for the colour washes I placed on top. I wrote the words over and around the pear in “TypeDrawing”, not in “Phonto” as I say above. A very handy app for this type of work.
Pears in a bowl
Used charcoal and smudge tools in “Art Set Pro”.  For the text, used the “TypeDrawing” app.
Pared pears
A painting in “Art Set Pro”, that at first, didn’t turn out, very well. However, I cropped it severely to get a better composition and refocused on the lights and darks and managed to rescue it, but only just! Text written in the “TypeDrawing” app.
Perfect company pears
I did this in “Art Set Pro” app, using the paint thickly and trying to keep it nice and loose! Used the smudge tools, as well.

I share a bit more about the apps I’ve mentioned, on my page, “About Some Art apps, Other apps and My Books”.

Poetic devices

The poetic device, “personification” is the dominant feature in this collection: a fun way to play around with words and ideas, by giving human thoughts and feelings to an inanimate object – in this case a piece of fruit! I see it as cartooning with words. I use this technique quite often in my haiku and other poems I write. However, I usually do the accompanying illustrations in a realistic manner, rather than as a cartoon drawing.

When you personify something whether in words or pictures, it can allow you to touch on more serious human conditions and concerns, and give them voice – in a playful way. This can give the writer or the reader a chance to smile about it, even if it’s just momentarily – which surely is a good thing!

Other poetic devices I’ve used in these word plays are assonance: the repetition of middle word sounds and alliteration: the repetition of beginning word sounds. Also a bit of rhyme.

Poetry can be a great way to encourage kids and adults to write; and to learn about homonyms: (or to spell it out, excuse the pun) words that have different meanings, but the same or similar spelling and sounds. When I wrote the pear sounding words, I was tempted to spell them incorrectly, for fun, but I couldn’t pear, I mean bare it.

If you think of any other word plays about pears…or some other fruit or inanimate object, feel free to share them in the comments… I won’t pinch them to put with a picture; pe(a)rish the thought!
Have a great day!

Steps in Painting on My iPad – and a Haiku and Haiga

Recently, I was in the kitchen, (always something to do in there) and a bowl of tomatoes kept catching my attention. The light from the window, fell across them, making patterns of lights, darks and various red hues. They looked good enough to draw and paint, as well as eat. Just managed to grab one and my iPad, before they were all gone –  and paint it.

Just touch on a picture to view the gallery.

My finished painting.

Tomato 6
For the final part, I put some warm yellow into the surrounds of the tomato. Also did a little bit of smudging with the wonderful smudge tools in the “Art Set Pro” app.

My haiku and haiga.

When I filled up the bowl with tomatoes again, I wrote about them in a haiku and placed it with a quick painting I did in the “Zen Brush” app – to which I added a splash of red paint in “Art Set Pro”. The combination of a haiku with a quick drawing, which captures the essence of the haiku is called a haiga.

Like my haiku, my haiga are more contemporary english versions of these traditional Japanese forms: though I do aim to capture many of their key elements.  Below are my first attempts at writing the tomato haiku, and following is the finished haiga; where I changed some words at the last minute.

Haiku - rough draft
My messy (as is usual) first draft. Just about always use unlined paper. Doing quick sketches and writing at the same time, often helps me think more clearly…I think!

My completed haiga.

Tomato haiga
I did the drawing in the “Zen Brush” app, and added a touch of thinned red paint in “Art Set Pro”. I added the words in “Art Set Pro” using the ink pen, changing some of the words in my haiku in the process. It was difficult to write neatly in the app, however I like the almost child-like handwriting; sort suited it and may use this style again.

I like the loose look of  this drawing. The painting is a bit too tight, need to loosen up my brushstrokes..

Fruit and vegetables: tomatoes, pears, pumpkins…in endless combinations or one on its own offer so many colours and shapes to draw and paint. A favourite subject matter of many artists. Duane Keiser does this wonderfully – among other subject matter. Sigh..I’ll just keep practicing.

Tacked them up on one of the kitchen cabinets, which means I’m reasonably pleased with how they turned out. 🙂 *Trying out various matt papers to print on lately, as per the caption below.

Art prints on kitchen cabinet
I printed my haiga on our air printer on cover card, gave it a lovely matt finish and the tomato painting is a laser print on gloss paper. Gloss further enhances the colour. Often email my iPad art to a local office supply store to be laser printed.


As I jotted down: notes, ideas, did some artwork; and put together this fortnightly post, I realised I had enough art and words to share a shorter post in the interim week. So I’ll do this sometimes.

I visited some lovely blogs, during this last two weeks and thank you for visiting me here.

I’ll be back again soon; if not next week, almost certainly the following week. Have a great day.